Press regulation report debate
19 December 2016
On Tuesday 20 December, the House of Lords debates the Communications Committee's report from March 2015 - Press Regulation: Where are we now?
- Parliament TV: Debate on press regulation [from sometime after 6pm]
- Report: Press Regulation: where are we now? (PDF)
- Evidence volume: Press Regulation: where are we now?
- Inquiry: Press Regulation - where are we now?
- Select Committee on Communications
Among the speakers are:
- Baroness Jones of Whitchurch, former Shadow Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport
- Lord Strasburger
- Lord Lipsey
Other Members of the House of Lords who are due to speak in the debate can be viewed in the Speakers' Lists.
The report, Press Regulation: where are we now?, was published in March 2015 to establish where things stood with regard to press regulation in the wake of the Leveson report, the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press and the closure of the Press Complaints Commission.
It identified that there was a complex process for people to go through to make a complaint against a publication, and no regulator in place that met the criteria set out by Lord Leveson and embodied in the Royal Charter.
Since the publication of the report, IMPRESS has been recognised by the Press Recognition Panel as a regulatory body. This caused concern among some parts of the press. Karen Bradley MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, launched a consultation on whether the Government should put into force legislation which would affect legal costs in certain media cases.
The Committee undertook a short series of follow-up evidence sessions in December 2016:
- Oral evidence from News Media Association, Independent Press Standards Organisation, Press Recognition Panel and Hacked Off - 6 December
- Oral evidence from IMPRESS - 13 December